Monday, September 12, 2011

Fall 2011 Workshops

Breeches: December 3 & 4, 2011 Sat/Sun
Minute Man National Historical Park 9:30-4
Instructor: Henry Cooke
Fee:   $100 per person ("fitting models" may attend at no additional charge)
Max Class Size: 12

The workshop will guide both beginners and experienced sewers through the process of measuring, cutting, constructing and finishing a pair of linen or woolen fall front breeches. Students will have the option of bringing their own fabric, or purchasing a pre-cut linen or woolen breeches kit. Original garments will be available for study and inspiration.

Kit Prices: kits include pre-cut fabric pieces, thread, buttons for covering or metal buttons, thread, pattern, instructions. Buckles are not included 
Wool Breeches kit - $120 
Linen Breeches Kit - $ 80
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Staymaking Workshop: December 3 & 4, 2011 Sat/Sunday
Minute Man National Historical Park 9:30-4
Instructors: Hallie Larkin & Steph Smith
Cost: $150
Limit: 12 participants

We will be making stays in the 18th century manner. We strongly encourage participants to sew the entire pair of stays by hand in order to produce stays that fit well, are easy to remodel in case of weight loss or gain, and can easily be repaired in the case of any broken boning.  However, if you are unable to do so, one can sew the channels by machine, with the rest done by hand.  As people have discovered in our other workshops, when constructing items in the 18th century way, hand sewing is easier and produces better results than machine sewing.  Besides, you can do it anywhere and it's very relaxing!

All materials for your stays will be supplied for the workshop, including linen canvas, thread (please advise if you are planning on sewing your channels by hand or machine), boning, leather binding and stay cord.  

All skill levels are welcome, stay making is not difficult, but it is time consuming. Some knowledge of hand sewing is helpful but not necessary.
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  1. It would appear that making pants is a skill still needed, even in the modern military!

  2. Hand sewing is a useful skill for anyone - even soliders